Saturday, March 6, 2010

REI Family or Solo Adventure Vacations; Hiking, Backpacking and Camping

Spring is making me start to think about planning some hiking trips.  With a family these vacations need to include more than a backpack and tent. REI, yes the outdoor outfitter store, offers some amazing trips.  They have a whole set of “REI Adventures”.  Normally I like to plan out and organize my own vacations, but sometime it is so much easier, and sometime cheaper to use a vacation package. 

REI has been rated one of the top ten “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by National Geographic.  They offer an amazing variety of destinations and activities.  Adventure trips to Ecuador, Arizona, France, cycling through the Loire Valley, hiking in Switzerland to the Matterhorn, hiking southern Italy’s volcano route, mountain biking in the Andes, snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands, kayaking the Edisto river, hiking the Grand Canyon, backpacking Superstition Mountains. Family adventures to Washington’s San Juan Islands, Safari adventures in Tanzania, rafting on the Amazon, rainforests in Costa Rica, hiking in Alaska and Kayaking in Kauai.

rei You get the picture.  REI has adventure travel covered. Backpacking, climbing, cruising, cycling, hiking, paddling, rafting – you name it. All with small groups, great food and expert guides steering you to a great experience. The prices seem reasonable for what you get.  Check out the schedule of upcoming trips on the REI web site here.  The schedule also offers much less expensive weekend “get-away” trips to look fun.

So I’m thinking about doing one of these trips and would love some feedback from anyone who had taken one of these REI vacation packages.

Note: In the interest of full discloser, BackpackBaseCamp.com is an affiliate of REI and we receive a minor commission for any purchased made through links on this site.  If you are purchasing a product from REI anyway, this is a great way to support this web site.

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  1. Hiking equipment for a Grand Canyon hike is definitely a major essential. I've gone on a Grand Canyon hiking trip with Just Roughin' It and they supplied all of the major equipment, which was really nice when it came down to it. Although I did go to the REI near me to get water canisters, hiking boots and clothing, next time I'll check them out from here because online always seems to have more specials :)